Byron Miller '76
Engineering (with credits from the University of Illinois)
Masters degree in mechanical
engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; masters
degree in computer science, New York University; doctorate in agricultural
engineering, University of California-Davis
Byron Millers Study-Service Term in Costa Rica in the early
70s opened his eyes to economic disparities between the rich
and the poor. He keeps this awareness with him working with agricultural
machinery as a John Deere engineer.
I think food is one of our basic necessities, and Im
glad Im involved in this industry there are more mouths
to feed every year, Miller said.
In 1976, Miller combined credits from GC and the University of Illinois
for an engineering degree, later earning a masters degree
from MIT before working for Bell Labs. After a few years, however,
he chose to return to the industry with which he was familiar, having
grown up on a farm in Illinois. He went on to earn a degree in agricultural
Miller says he is glad to be an engineer with a liberal arts background.
He remembers hearing from then-President J. Lawrence Burkholder
that his education at Goshen College would give you something
to think about for the rest of your life.